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HELPING OTHERS IS THE GREATEST JOY IN LIFE MY MOM’S NO. 1 LESSON
W hen I was a kid, I hated the idea of growing up to become one of my parents. I’m sure a lot of kids feel like this. When we’re that age, we only see the flaws in our families — the things they won’t let us do, the trends they don’t get, and the difficulties of being a 9- or 13-year-old they can’t possibly understand. I focused a lot of that angst on my mom because she was so serious all the time and I had trouble relating to her. However, when I got older, I realized I’m more like her than I ever thought I’d be, and that’s an incredible thing! I can’t wait to spend time with my mom and dad this Mother’s Day (I have my fingers crossed I’m able to travel to see them in Columbus). In the meantime, I want to explain how that switch flipped in my brain and dedicate this newsletter to the No. 1 lesson my mom taught me: Helping others is the greatest joy in life. My mom went through a lot of challenges, but beneath her tough exterior, she’s actually one of the most loving, giving, selfless people I’ve ever met. When I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, I immediately thought of my mom when I got to the language “Acts of Service.” In the book, communicating love through Acts of Service is described as “doing something for your spouse that you know they would like. Cooking a meal, washing dishes, and vacuuming floors are all acts of service.” Right away, I thought about all of the physical tasks around the house my mom did when I was growing up. My dad was a pastor, and he was gone a lot for work. So all the chores like cooking and cleaning fell to my mom, and she really seemed to revel in that work. Every Saturday morning, for example, she would clean the whole house until every little trinket and figurine sparkled. My mom is always serving and helping other people, whether it’s our family or the community at large. She has an incredible work ethic, and on top of everything she did at home when I was young, she was also very involved with our church and took care of others that way. For the last 10 years, she has risen to the challenge of taking care of her own mother, who has Alzheimer’s. As an adult, I’m in awe of how she gives 110% to everyone all the time.
I’m not sure my mom ever directly told me how important it is to work hard and serve others, but she definitely led by example, and I followed in her footsteps without even realizing it. In high school, I was always working. I studied hard, but I also washed cars, cut the grass, and did laundry for extra cash. When it came to practicing law, that work ethic helped me succeed. My mom cheered me on during every step of that journey, too. She’s really supportive of my career, and I know she’s proud of how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come.
“I’m not sure my mom ever directly told me how important it is to work hard and serve others, but she definitely led by example, and I followed in her footsteps without even realizing it.”
Funnily enough, Acts of Service is now my love language, too. I love doing things around the house for my wife, Rachel, and serving my coworkers and clients in the office. Every client who comes to Bader Scott is guaranteed to reap the benefits of the lessons I learned from my mom. Seth and I both give 110% every day to help people. Personally, I work extremely hard, and I do it with a great sense of joy and pleasure because I know how important it is to my clients we resolve their cases. That ethic is my own, but my mom deserves a lot of credit for it, too! If you’re lucky enough to spend this Mother’s Day with your mom, hug her extra tight. She might have given you even more than you know.
Wishing you good health and safety in these difficult times,
–Luis Scott, Managing Partner
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WHY MAY IS THE BEST MONTH TO START BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS
Bird-watching is like a lifelong scavenger hunt that you can play anywhere on Earth. The activity provides a mixture of science, travel, and beauty, and it’s a chance to get outside for feathered adventures and quiet reflection. The month of May is a great time of year to go birding because rising temperatures prompt spring migration. So if you’re eager to begin bird-watching, there’s no better time than now. Here are some tips to get started.
of binoculars. And they don’t have to be fancy. As long as they can zoom in on faraway trees and perches, they’ll work for now. You can always upgrade later.
Thousands of species of birds span all corners of the globe. That’s why finding them is an exciting prospect — there’s no end to the hunt! Start by researching birds that are native to your location. Purchase a field guide with pictures of each bird and maps of their range and use it to figure out where different birds live. From there, it’s easy to pick your first spotting goal. You can even get yourself extra excited by watching a few bird documentaries.
Your very first birding excursion is important because you don’t want to be overwhelmed or underwhelmed. So use your field guide to home in on a single bird and go find it. It may be local, or you can plan a trip to a specific bird’s natural habitat. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by other species. The thrill that comes with spotting your first bird will keep you coming back to find the rest. Bird-watching is a wonderful hobby because it’s easy to get started and can last a lifetime. As long as you can walk, drive, or look out a window, you can be a birder. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find some birds!
One of the best things about birding is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to do it. As long as you’ve got your field guide and comfortable walking shoes, the only other thing you’ll need is a pair
MEET JOSS ROA AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE BADER SCOTT FAMILY
All of our employees have unique stories about how they were hired. A lot of them follow similar patterns: They found Bader Scott online or heard about us from a friend or law school. However, Joss Roa’s story comes from off the beaten path, and it’s one of our favorites. “It’s funny, because the reason I started working here was because eight years ago, Seth was teaching English classes at my husband’s church,” Joss recalls. At the time, Joss didn’t attend the same church as her husband, Fernando, because she worked weekends and couldn’t make it to the services. However, Seth and Fernando soon became friends, and as Joss tells it, Seth asked Fernando if he knew anyone who would like to become the very first receptionist at his law firm. “Fernando said, ‘My girlfriend could do it!’ and Seth was like, ‘Okay, give her my number and ask her to call me,’” Joss says. Joss has been part of the Bader Scott family ever since. Over the years, she’s worked in multiple departments, sometimes answering phones, other times filing cases, doing intake, or working as our office coordinator. Today, she’s our accounting
liaison, handling communications between the firm and our accounting company. “When I first started it was just five or six of us, and it has been amazing seeing the firm grow. Now we have 130 employees but we’re still very united, very close,” she says. Joss’s favorite thing about her job is the sense of family and community we’ve built, but she also loves helping our clients. In fact, she says she often feels she’s living in their shoes. “My husband is working at a warehouse, and he has had several work injuries. That’s why I understand how difficult it is for the clients being out of work not having any income,” she says. “Because I’m in accounting, I get to write the final checks for clients and it’s really joyful to know their cases have been settled. They finally see a little light after the darkness.” When she isn’t working, Joss likes to get creative with hobbies like interior design and party planning. Joss, we love having you as part of the family — thank you for all you do!
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HOW TO SPOT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE 10 RED FLAGS TO WATCH FOR DURING TREATMENT
For months, our country has been in the grip of a global pandemic. It’s a scary time, and the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals on the front lines deserve to be commended for their efforts to slow the spread of the virus and treat the sick. They’re putting in an incredible amount of time and energy at their own risk, and we truly appreciate their work. However, in a situation as chaotic as this one, more things than usual will probably slip through the cracks in doctors’ offices and hospitals. While it’s understandable that doctors in a rush to help as many people as possible might miss things or make mistakes, those very human errors can also have tragic consequences, and families who fall victim to medical malpractice deserve justice. If you’re worried that you or a loved one might have experienced medical malpractice, recently or any time in the last five years, look for these warning signs: 1. Your doctor failed to order basic tests. 2. You had to come back to the hospital after an outpatient procedure. 3. Your doctor withheld test results or evaded basic questions.
4. Your symptoms got worse after treatment, or new ones appeared. 5. Your worries about your condition weren’t taken seriously. 6. Your surgery took much more or less time than expected. 7. You were told not to get a second opinion, or got a contradictory one. 8. You were prescribed the wrong medication or dosage. 9. You weren’t diagnosed right away, or you were misdiagnosed. 10. Your doctor told you they made a mistake in your treatment. In order to file a medical malpractice case here in Georgia, you need to be able to prove two things: that there was a failure to meet the applicable standard of care, and that there was a direct link between the medical treatment given and an injury or death. These can be tricky conditions to meet, but here at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, our team specializes in medical malpractice cases. If you think you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice, we can help! Visit TheBaderLawFirm.com today to schedule your free case evaluation.
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TAKE A BREAK
Who says the cookout has to ruin your diet? Try this paleo-friendly recipe for a main dish that’s worthy of your next barbecue.
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1-1/2 lbs beef rib roast 1 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp black pepper
1. Take rib roast out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling. 2. Season roast with salt and pepper and allow it to rest for 10 minutes while you heat a gas grill to 600 F. 3. Sear roast for 3–4 minutes on each side. 4. Turn off the grill but continue cooking the steak, flipping every 4–5 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125 F. Remove from grill. 5. Allow the roast to rest — its internal temperature will continue to climb — for 5–10 minutes. Slice and serve.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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A Life Lesson From Luis’ Mom
Bird-Watching for Beginners
Meet Our Very First Receptionist
How to Spot Medical Malpractice
Grilled Prime Rib
Have You Heard of the Interrobang?
WHY THE INTERROBANG FIZZLED OUT PUNCTUATION’S PROBLEM CHILD
It’s a punctuation mark that’s over 50 years old, but you may not have heard of it before. It’s an odd- looking squiggle that denotes a common inflection, but many experts argue it has no place on paper. In an age when thoughts are limited to 280 characters, wouldn’t a single punctuation mark that does the job of two be valuable? Some say yes, others say no thank you. So what is this mystery punctuation mark? It’s the interrobang! In 1962, advertising agent Martin K. Speckter believed ads would look better if rhetorical questions were conveyed using a single mark. He merged the question mark, also called an interrogative point, with the exclamation point, known in the jargon of printers as a “bang,” and the interrobang was born. In the first few years of its existence, the interrobang made some mild headway, appearing in some dictionaries and even on some typewriters in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. And while it was used in magazine and newspaper articles for several years, it wasn’t meant to last.
There are a few explanations for why the interrobang never took off, but the most prominent one says that as writing styles changed, there was less use of rhetorical questions in writing, especially formal writing. Because the interrobang was originally intended to denote rhetorical questions, it faded from use. Today, using the two punctuation marks that make up the interrobang is still popular, especially in nonformal writing like social media copy. Any variation of “!?” denotes a sense of excitement, urgency, or disbelief in the form of a question, rhetorical or not. But the reason people don’t use the interrobang to serve the same purpose is simple: It’s not a key on keyboards. There are still certain fonts that are equipped to display the nonstandard mark, but if you want to use it, you have to go digging for it. It’s just much quicker to write two punctuation marks than search for a single one. But who knows what the future will bring? Language is in an ever-changing state, and the interrobang may rise again. Or will it?
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